Welcome to the Carl J. Lamb Elementary School Library blog! Our K-6 school is part of the Sanford School District, located in southern Maine. The posts below highlight the learning that is happening in our library. Please feel free to tell us what you think by leaving a comment. Happy reading!Filed under Uncategorized | Comment (0)
Last week the kindergartners listened to the Chickadee Award nominee Too Tall Houses by Gianna Marino. They also enjoyed the rhyme and rhythm of Dr. Seuss’ The Foot Book. After hearing the two stories, the children participated in an estimation contest. Each class estimated the number of colored goldfish in a jar. To record their guess, the children found and circled the number on a 0-99 number grid. The closest estimate earned the kindergarten all the goldfish in the jar. The winners were Jarrid from the Pink Room, Lucas from the Green Room, Liana and Elijah (tied) from the Purple Room, Bella from the Yellow Room, Alyssa and Saoirse (tied) from the Blue Room, and Alex from the Red and Orange Rooms.
The first graders enjoyed the tall tale Jangles: A Big Fish Story by David Shannon. This Chickadee Award nominee is the tale of a boy who manages to capture the most prized fish in Big Lake. The big, old rainbow trout is called “Jangles” because the many fishing lines, lures, and hooks caught in his jaw jingle as he swims. After the story, each first grader painted two paper trout shapes. The two shapes were stapled together, stuffed, and hung in the library. Now the decorated story area looks like an underwater world!
The second graders learned about the African country of Malawi during their last Big6 lesson. The information helped the students understand last week’s Chickadee Award nominee, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer. In this picture book, a young Malawi boy named William (the co-author) yearns to understand how things work. When a drought threatens to starve his village, William dreams of harnessing the wind to bring electricity and water to his village. At age 14, he builds his first windmill out of junk! This true tale is a story of ingenuity, perseverance, and hope. William has built other windmills and hope to raise funds to build more. He is currently an engineering student at Dartmouth College. The students did not build a windmill during their library visit, but they did made pinwheels out of paper, a paper fastener, a bead, and a stick.Grade 1, Grade 2, Mrs. Margoles' class | Comment (0)
Last week’s competition was an estimation contest in honor of Dr. Seuss’ 110th birthday. A jar was filled with 147 colored goldfish (as in the Dr. Seuss book One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish). No one guessed the exact amount, but second grader Emiley’s estimate of 149 was the closest. She wins all the goldfish!Filed under Grade 2, Library Contests | Comment (0)
Mrs. Sturtevant’s second graders practiced taking notes on a graphic organizer as they learned about the African country of Malawi.
Mrs. Paradis’ fourth graders are about to undertake a Maine animal research project. They practiced taking notes on the appearance, habitat, food, and predators of spring peepers.
Mrs. Brown’s sixth graders are studying the Middle Ages in social studies. They participated in a lively discussion about plagiarism in addition to practicing note-taking about the relationships among lords, vassals, and peasants in the feudal system.
This month students are learning about Stage 5 of the Big6. This stage, Synthesis, focuses on organizing information from multiple sources and presenting it (report, poster, diorama, slide presentation, etc.). Giving credit to sources used is a necessary part of any presentation so citations are included in instruction at this stage of the research process.
Mrs. Meehan’s fifth graders continue to study Ancient Egypt as they create an alphabet book about that ancient civilization. The students worked in pairs to organize eight images (pyramids, statues, hieroglyphs, etc.). They had to decide for which letter of the alphabet they would use each picture. After the students compared their reasoning for organizing their images as they did, Mrs. Miliano demonstrated how to search for images with Creative Commons licenses. All images on the internet are copyrighted, but some creators allow others to use their photos or other works as long as the user gives the creator credit. Mrs. Miliano also showed the fifth graders how to cite images (TASL: Title, Author, Source (URL), and License).
In their Big6 Stage 4 lesson, Mrs. Labbe’s third graders learned the importance of identifying the title and author of the books they use when doing research. In their Stage 5 lesson, the students learned they must identify the title and author of images, too. They started with a “museum walk.” Posters of ten famous paintings were hung around the library. The students viewed all ten paintings before recording the author and title of their favorite. Then Mrs. Miliano demonstrated how to search for images they are legally permitted to use with the help of the Creative Commons search tool. At the third grade level, the title and author of an image is the expected citation.Filed under Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6 | Comment (0)
Storytime for Mrs. McCall’s class featured a button theme. The children were introduced to the clapping rhyme “Miss Mary Mack.” Then they listened to the Frog and Toad story “The Lost Button” by Arnold Lobel. Afterwards, they sorted buttons by color, size, and number of holes.Filed under Mrs McCalls class | Comment (0)
This week six classes visited the library for another lesson in the information problem-solving model called “The Big6.” The subject matter varied by grade and/or teacher, but “Use of Information,” the fourth stage in the process, was the focus of each lesson. The skills in this stage involve reading information, determining what is important, taking notes, and citing the source of the information. Taking notes, not copying, is vital in avoiding plagiarism. Identifying the information sources (citations) is also a necessary step in avoiding plagiarism.
Miss Mallon’s second graders learned about the African country of Malawi. They used Google Earth and the website Our Africa to find information about Malawi’s location, population, climate, food, and animals. Together they recorded notes about the topics in a graphic organizer and compared Malawi to the United States.
Miss Perrin’s third graders are learning about biographies in class so their lesson featured the elements of biographies and biography resources (nonfiction books and PebbleGo’s “Biographies” database). As a class, the children recorded notes about children’s author/illustrator Tomie de Paola on a graphic organizer.
Mrs. Allaire’s third graders and Mrs. Gallagher’s fourth graders are both learning about opinion writing. Their Big6 lessons focused using information about a pet to support claims that their pet is the best choice. They practiced taking notes and citing sources was modeled.
Mrs. David’s fifth graders just started a unit on Ancient Greek civilization in social studies. In their Big6 lesson, the students explored an information book and an encyclopedia article (from MARVEL’s Britannica School encyclopedia) about the first Olympics. They read passages sentence by sentence and recorded relevant information in note form on a graphic organizer. They were also shown how to cite the book and the encyclopedia article.
Miss Spinney’s sixth graders have started studying the Ancient West African Kingdoms in social studies. To practice note-taking and citing sources, the students used a section of an nonfiction book about the silent trade system used by the West African tradersFiled under Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6 | Comment (0)